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  Think Big – Now Think Even Bigger
  Join Us at Internet of Things at Cloud Expo, November 11-13,
at the Javits Center!


The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.

All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.

With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend Internet of Things at Cloud Expo in New York City. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be!

Delegates to Internet of Things at Cloud Expo will be able to attend eight separate, information-packed tracks:

  • Enterprise Cloud
  • Digital Transformation
  • The API Enterprise | Mobility & Security
  • DevOps | Containers & Microservices
  • Cognitive Computing | AI, ML, DL
  • Big Data | Analytics
  • IoT | IIoT | Smart Cities
  • Hot Topics | FinTech | WebRTC

There are 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content.


We'll see you in New York!



Day 3 Keynote at @ThingsExpo | Chris Matthieu, CTO of Octoblu
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
  Themes & Topics to Be Discussed

Consumer IoT
• Wearables
• Smart Appliances
• Smart Cars
• Smartphones 2.0
• Automation
• Smart Travel
• Personal Fitness
• Health Care
• Personalized Marketing
• Customized Shopping
• Personal Finance
• The Digital Divide
• Mobile Cash & Markets
• Games & The IoT
• The Future of Education
• Virtual Reality

Enterprise IoT
• The Business Case for
x IoT
• Smart Grids
• Smart Cities
• Smart Transportation
• The Smart Home
• M2M
• Authentication/Security
• Wiring the IoT
• The Internet of
x Everything
• Digital Transformation
x of Enterprise IT
• Agriculture
• Transportation
• Manufacturing
• Local & State
x Government
• Federal Government

IoT Developers | WebRTC Summit
• Eclipse Foundation
• Cloud Foundry
• Linux Containers
• Node-Red
• Open Source Hardware
• Ajax and the IoT
• Leveraging SOA
• Multi-Cloud IoT
• Evolving Standards
• WebSockets
• Security & Privacy
x Protocols
• GPS & Proximity
x Services
• Bluetooth/RFID/etc
• XMPP
• Nest Labs



The Top Keynotes, the Best Sessions, a Rock Star Faculty and the Most Qualified Delegates of ANY Internet of Things Event!


The future of computing lies in these things. As computing takes a much more active role in our lives it will at the same time become much more invisible. Internet of Things Expo will address the challenges in getting from where we are today to this future.
 
The high-energy event is a must-attend for senior technologists from CEOs on down – including CIOs, CTOs, directors of infrastructure, VPs of technology, IT directors and managers, network and storage managers, network engineers, enterprise architects, and communications and networking specialists.




@ThingsExpo Power Panel | The World's Many IoTs: Which Are the Most Important?
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound effect on the world, and what should we expect to see over the next couple of years.
Benefits of Attending the Three-Day Technical Program
  LEARNexactly why Internet of Things is relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint.
  HEAR first-hand from industry experts the common issues and requirements for creating a platform for the Internet of Things.
  SEE what new tools and approaches the Internet of Things requires.
  DISCOVER how to drive a distributed approach to the Internet of Things, where applications move to the data.
  FIND OUThow the vast volumes of new data produced by the Internet of Things provides a valuable new source of business insight through advanced analytical techniques.
  MASTER how the ongoing development of smart cities, cars, and houses will enhance connectivity infrastructure.
Lunch Power Panel | Microservices & IoT- Moderated by Jason Bloomberg
In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetic, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud environment, and we must architect and code accordingly. At the very least, you'll have no problem filling in your buzzword bingo cards.


Continuous Delivery 101 By @Dynatrace | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]
Continuous Delivery embraces automated deployments in various stages of the software delivery process

Continuous Delivery 101: Automated Deployments

The ability to automatically and reliably deploy entire application runtime environments is a key factor to optimizing the average time it requires to take features from idea to the hands of your (paying) customers. This minimization of feature cycle time or feature lead time is, after all, the primary goal of Continuous Delivery. Today, I will introduce you to the whys and wherefores of deployment automation and discuss its importance for driving the adoption of DevOps.

The Power of Automated Deployments
Production servers can be described as "grown works of art": An unknown number of commands have been applied by various people over time, often in an ad-hoc manner, and written documentation is commonly outdated, if at all present.

Due to the inability to fully understand and entirely reproduce such environments, companies periodically create full server backups to be prepared against server loss. Still, restoring an environment from backups may consume considerable resources with uncertain success (how frequently do you verify your backup strategy and assess the mean time to recover?) and can by no means be compared with the flexibility and agility of being able to rapidly and reliably re-create any environment on demand - from development to production:

"Enable the reconstruction of the business from nothing but a source code repository, an application data backup, and bare metal resources."
- Jesse Robbins, CEO of Opscode

Continuous Delivery embraces automated deployments in various stages of the software delivery process and identifies manual deployments as one of the common release anti-patterns. It demands to let computers do what computers do best. Therefore, over time, all deployments should be fully automated to make releasing software a repeatable and reliable push-button activity:

  • Manual deployments are not consistent across environments
  • Manual deployments are slow, neither repeatable nor reliable
  • Manual deployments require extensive documentation (often outdated)
  • Manual deployments hinder collaboration (conducted by a single expert)

In combination with agile development practices and a sound suite of automated tests, deployment automation allows you to minimize feature cycle time or feature lead time by reducing waste. No doubt, time-to-market is important if not vital: you will not know whether your users will adopt a new feature before you actually let them try it out, and the sooner you deliver the earlier you can start to make money out of it:

Create value quickly - Deployment Automation helps minimize your Feature Cycle Time

Another common anti-pattern is "deploying to a production-like environment only after development is complete." This means there can be almost no confidence that a particular software release will work successfully for end users if it has never been tested in a copy of production.

We will now examine how deployment automation fits into the concept of a Continuous Delivery deployment pipeline because it lays an important foundation for establishing a high degree of confidence through the automated provisioning of production-like environments.

Deployment Automation in the Continuous Delivery Deployment Pipeline
As Jez Humble and Dave Farley put it in their standard book "Continuous Delivery," "A deployment pipeline is, in essence, an automated implementation of your application's build, deploy, test and release process."

The pipeline concept is in analogy to Lean Manufacturing, where a production line is stopped whenever a defect is detected along its way. The problem is then addressed with immediate and utmost attention and corrective measures are taken to minimize the possibility of making the same mistake ever again (Continuous Improvement) - a principle that is also important in Agile Software Development.

An exemplary Continuous Delivery Deployment Pipeline

Here is what a deployment pipeline could look like for your application. In general, the process is initiated whenever a developer commits code to a software repository inside the version control system (VCS) such as Subversion or Git. When the build automation server, which acts as the pipeline's control center, such as Jenkins, observes a change in the repository, it triggers a sequence of stages that exercise a build from different angles via automated tests, but terminates immediately in case of failure. Only when a build passes all stages it is regarded to be of sufficient quality to be released into production.

Stage #1: Commit Stage
In the commit stage, the build automation server checks out the software repository into a temporary directory, compiles the code and executes any quick running, environment-agnostic tests (mostly unit tests). After that, release artifacts such as installer packages are assembled and documentation is generated.

Stage #2: Acceptance Test Stage
In the acceptance test stage, deployment automation scripts (executable application runtime environmental specifications) are executed to create an environment that is dedicated to the remainder of this stage and that is highly similar, not necessarily identical, to the production environment. Release artifacts are deployed and smoke tests are executed to verify that the application and related services are up and running. Finally, automated acceptance tests are run to verify the application at the business level.

Stage #3: Capacity Test Stage
Similar to stage two, but automated capacity tests, typically load tests, are run to verify that the system can serve a defined level of service under production-like load conditions. Here, it is assessed whether the application is fit for purpose from a non-functional perspective, mostly in regards to response time and throughput.

For stage 4 & 5, and for further insight, click here for the full article.

About Martin Etmajer
Leveraging his outstanding technical skills as a lead software engineer, Martin Etmajer has been a key contributor to a number of large-scale systems across a range of industries. He is as passionate about great software as he is about applying Lean Startup principles to the development of products that customers love.

Martin is a life-long learner who frequently speaks at international conferences and meet-ups. When not spending time with family, he enjoys swimming and Yoga. He holds a master's degree in Computer Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, with a focus on dependable distributed real-time systems.

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